What to expect

We aim to develop well-balanced students with content knowledge and 21st-century skills for success in their post-school lives. Lessons are delivered by subject specialists who school leaders lead with global experience. Our curriculum explores opportunities to develop our students’ understanding of Emirati national identity, innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. The school has a specialized & highly committed team that supports students with numerous award-winning projects in innovative and community-based competitions and initiatives.

Through our popular House System, all students participate in our extensive extra-curricular program, with clubs including Public Speaking, Environment, Charity, National Identity, STEM, Math, Cooking, Drama, Art, and IT. House Captains take on leadership responsibilities and make decisions about how to develop the House system further.

“Through the application of Edtech, we aim to make the access to learning anytime and anywhere possible.”

At LISM, we recognize that in today’s interconnected and technology-centric world, the learning environment can be virtual, online, remote as well as the physical place of learning such as a classroom or library. Through the application of Edtech, we aim to make the access to learning anytime and anywhere possible.

Developing students’ critical thinking and social engagement with Edtech is an essential ingredient to modern pedagogy.

The Liwa Education E-Learning portal is designed to support parents, students, and teachers to make effective use of the online learning opportunities within our schools to support achievement and engagement across all our subject areas.

We encourage you to take the time to understand more about the products and applications on offer and how they can be used to support anytime, anywhere learning and engagement.

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International Assessments

MAP® Growth™

MAP® Growth™ measures what students know and informs what they’re ready to learn next. By dynamically adjusting to each student’s responses, MAP Growth creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance. Timely, easy-to-use reports help teachers teach, students learn, and administrators lead.Every question on a MAP Growth assessment is calibrated to RIT scale. Because the equal-interval scale is continuous across grades, educators can trust it to track longitudinal growth over a student’s entire career. Putting assessment into action means using MAP Growth data to pinpoint the instructional areas where students are ready to tackle—whether they are on, above, or below grade level. It reveals how much growth has occurred between testing events and, when combined with our norms, shows projected proficiency. Educators can track growth through the school year and over multiple years.

Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) is a diagnostic assessment designed to help students and their teachers understand how they learn and what their academic potential might be. It assesses how students think in areas known to make a difference in learning. CAT4 is available at seven different levels of difficulty. Schools use a child’s performance in a CAT4 to judge progress over the academic year and to make decisions regarding setting and streaming according to ability. It is a way for a school to understand a student’s strengths and weaknesses and to personalize learning and adapt teaching.

Beyond the classrooms

Students have opportunities to be part of the student council, where each grade and class has a representative from grade 3 and up. Students have the option of attending ECAs (extra-curricular activities) each term, both for enrichment and academic purposes. They have opportunities to go on extra-curricular field trips throughout the year. Students are also offered chances to participate in external competitions in reading, quizzes, sports, Quran recitation and many others.

Our values

The core values that sit at the heart of the school and will be modeled by staff and promoted in the students through our teaching, learning and everyday practice are:






Pastoral care

Liwa International School – Al Mushrif puts the welfare and happiness of all its students at the heart of everything we do. We have created a safe and loving environment for our students so that they can learn and develop socially and emotionally. In addition, we have created a number of policies that underpin our work, including child protection and safeguarding policies. We also have two full-time social workers.

Our Pastoral (well-being) care team

(Emotional, Academic Support Team)

Ms. Deborah Lang

Assistant Principal (Pastoral)

Mr. Jerome Abaroobam

(Head of elementary)

Amera Mahfoz

Social Worker

Said Moustafa

Social Worker

Mr. Matthew Heever

(High school elementary science leads)

Ms. Sara Tayara

(Middle school Elementary science leads)

Wraparound care

We have two full-time social workers that can provide social counseling. We have an SEN department that can provide academic and social support.

Our teachers

Our teachers are highly skilled and innovative practitioners who cultivate a lifelong love of learning by providing an exceptional balance of support and challenge for each of our students. Our teachers are highly qualified and approved to teach the American Curriculum.

Transition to secondary school

Elementary students are exposed to opportunities to develop essential skills, such as critical thinking skills, which prepares them for their middle and high school grades and ultimately reputable universities of their choice.

Frequently asked questions

School starts at 7.40 and finishes at 14.25 from Monday to Thursday. On Friday we have an 11.30am finish.

If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, we ask that you talk to your child’s class teacher. You can discuss anything to do with your child’s academic success and pastoral concerns with them. Teachers are busy throughout the day, but always aim to respond within 24 hours.

The Homeroom Teacher will provide all login details for online platforms. LISM believes in mixing technology in our education. We use the following platforms to ensure teaching and learning is reinforced: Exact Path, Raz Kids, Time Table Rock stars, and Study Island.

Parents may easily contact their child classroom teacher, discussing both pastoral(well-being), and academic concerns. Teachers try to respond to parents as soon as possible, as they are busy throughout the day.

Situated in the thriving downtown Mushrif area of Abu Dhabi,

Liwa International School – Al Mushrif

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